The young French company Bleujour introduced the Meta U mini-PCs, which are built on passive-cooled Intel Whiskey Lake processors. Cooling is provided by an aluminum casing, which serves as a radiator.
Passive cooling makes the system not only silent, but also increases its reliability, since it eliminates moving parts and makes the system invulnerable to dust. Meta U mini PCs are suitable for round-the-clock operation.
The manufacturer offers several configurations, starting with a dual-core Celeron processor and ending with a quad-core Intel Core i7-8665U processor (Whiskey Lake). The processor has 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. The mini PC’s equipment includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, two COM ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 3.1 ports and one USB 2.0 port, a Wi-Fi module, which can be “physically deactivated” if desired. The manufacturer does not quote prices, limiting itself to a list of possible applications, which include information boards, industrial electronics, IoT, warehouses and retail outlets. The source notes that Intel itself has recently warned that the supply of NUC based on Whiskey Lake will soon cease.